One of the organizations that organize and sponsor these trainings is the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA). JINSA is a think tank that advocates for US-Israeli security cooperation, increased domestic military spending, and military aid to Israel, and has board members with close ties to US defense contractors. JINSA launched its Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP) shortly after 9/11, and since 2002 has run annual trips to Israel for US federal, state, and local law enforcement. Over 11,000 additional American law enforcement officials have attended LEEP conferences nationwide, which bring in Israeli security officials as experts.
The Police Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is among the agencies that have sent delegates to Israel. Christopher Trucillo served as Chief of the Port Authority Police Department between 2004 and 2008. Chief Christopher Trucillo attended a training in Israel with JINSA as a delegate of the LEEP program in April 2005.
While Chief of the Port Authority PD, he led the department through a post-9/11 transition from a transit police force to an anti-terror force. The Police Chief position of the Port Authority PD was eliminated in 2008 to “streamline” the department, and the Superintendent is now the head position. Trucillo was the Director of Public Safety for John Jay College of Criminal Justice/The City University of New York from May 2009 to July 2010, and he has served as the Chief of the New Jersey Transit Police Department since 2010.